2024 CROA Retreat for Washington State Co-Response Teams

Please join us on April 19 for the second annual co-response team retreat at the University of Washington Center for Urban Horticulture. Information about our agenda and sponsorship opportunities here.


Training Opportunities

National Co-responder Conference (CORCON)

Where: Omaha, NE
When: June 9-12, 2024
Registration: https://www.coresponderalliance.org/CoRCon

About: Currently accepting presentation proposals at website above.


2024 International Deflection & Pre-Arrest Diversion Summit

Where: Seattle, WA
When: October 29-November 1, 2024
Registration: https://ptaccollaborative.org/conference/

About: We are very excited to announce the 2024 International PTACC Training Summit! Network with first responders, community organization colleagues and treatment partners in the field of deflection and pre-arrest diversion over four (4) days of training, inspiration, learning, and connecting. To get the early bird discounted summit rate, please register by June 30th and book your accommodations now while space remains!

Funding Opportunities

BJA GRANT: Collaborative Crisis Response and Intervention Training 

Website: here

The Collaborative Crisis Response and Intervention Training (CRIT) Program supports improved law enforcement engagement with people in crisis who have behavioral health conditions, intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities, or physical disabilities, and/or traumatic brain injuries to achieve safe outcomes for all individuals in the community.

The program supports the design and use of best practice training approaches and tools, such as the implementation of the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s (BJA’s) national Crisis Response and Intervention Training curriculum, to increase understanding of behavioral health conditions and disabilities, navigate community resources, and improve de-escalation skills within the applicant organization and among patrol and facility-based staff.

Eligible Applicants:

State governments
City or township governments
Public and state-controlled institutions of higher education (with on-campus police departments, public or state-controlled hospitals with on-campus police departments)
County governments
Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities (with public safety/peace officers or campus police)
Native American tribal organizations (other than federally recognized tribal governments)
Native American tribal governments (federally recognized)
Other: Units of local government, such as towns, boroughs, parishes, villages, or other general purpose political subdivisions of a state



SAMHSA GAINS Center Learning Collaborative for Creating and Enhancing Community-Level Partnerships Among First Responders and Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs)SAMHSA’s GAINS Center Criminal Justice Learning Collaboratives (prainc.com) (a year-long learning/implementation cohort). Funds available for “establishing and strengthening partnerships among law enforcement and other first responder entities and CCBHCs at the local level, with a focus on providing first law enforcement-friendly options for addressing the acute needs of people who are in mental health crises.”

BJA FY24 Justice and Mental health collaboration Program

The Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) supports innovative cross-system collaboration to improve public safety responses and outcomes for individuals with mental health disorders or co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.

Through the FY 2024 JMHCP funding opportunity, the Bureau of Justice Assistance provides grant funding to help organizations prepare, create, or expand comprehensive plans and then implement these collaborative projects to target people who qualify.

JMHCP awards will have a focus on pretrial, prosecution, courts, probation/parole, and addressing the needs directly related to the criminal activity of adults with mental health conditions, living in homelessness or marginalized communities with minimal access to treatment, needing wrap around services, in the criminal justice system and leaving incarceration.

If you are interested in applying here are some additional resources.

NIJ FY24 Research and Evaluation on 911, Alternative Hotlines, and Alternative Responder Models

NIJ seeks research and evaluation proposals on the ability of 911 and alternative, three-digit service numbers (e.g., 311, 211, 988) to assess public service and safety needs and respond to them safely, efficiently, effectively, and equitably.

This includes research on new methods and technologies to support effective and equitable responses to public calls for service, such as training and operating procedures of call takers and dispatchers to ensure accurate and unbiased coding, priority assessment, and dispatch decisions. It also includes evaluations of the public’s knowledge and use of alternative three-digit service numbers and the degree to which alternative numbers receive and adequately address the types of calls they are intended to divert from 911.

This solicitation also invites proposals to evaluate the effectiveness of models that employ non-sworn first responders in partnership with, or as an alternative to, police response or enforcement.

In addition, NIJ invites proposals that evaluate alternative traffic enforcement models, including changes in types of traffic violations sworn officers enforce and new measures to employ non-sworn personnel for traffic violations.

Application Instructions

Applications will be submitted in a two-step process, each step with its own deadline:

Submit an SF-424 and an SF-LLL in Grants.gov.
Grants.gov Deadline: April 30, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. ET
Submit the full application, including attachments, in JustGrants.
JustGrants Deadline: May 14, 2024 at 8:59 p.m. ET

Applicants must register with Grants.gov and JustGrants prior to submitting an application.

This solicitation is competitive; therefore, NIJ staff cannot have individual conversations with prospective applicants. Any questions concerning the solicitation should be submitted to the OJP Response Center: 800-851-3420; TTY at 301-240-6310 (for hearing impaired only); or email grants@ncjrs.gov. See also NIJ’s solicitation FAQ webpage.

The following application elements must be included in the application to meet the basic minimum requirements to advance to peer review and receive consideration for funding:

SF-424 and SF-LLL (in Grants.gov).
Proposal Narrative (in JustGrants).
Budget Web-Based Form, which includes the budget details and the budget narrative (in JustGrants).
Curriculum Vitae/Resumes for Key Personnel. (For purposes of this solicitation, “key personnel” means the principal investigator, and any and all co-principal investigators.)


Other Opportunities

If you have new opportunities to share with our members, please email CROAWA@gmail.com. 

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